Conservative professor Tom Nichols said President Donald Trump’s claims of exoneration aren’t being taken seriously because he’s acting like someone who’s guilty.
The Naval War College professor told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that voters didn’t trust the president, Attorney General William Barr or Republican lawmakers about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.
“I think one reason it’s not getting a lot of traction is because of the way the Republicans and the administration are acting about it,” Nichols said. “They’re not acting like people who feel like they’ve been cleared. The attorney general is already walking things back. He puts out this four-page summary, which I think he knew his job — he had to control the narrative within 24 hours. He did, but that didn’t last very long.”
Nichols said the president and his GOP allies had overreached by highlighting one line from Mueller’s report to claim there had been no evidence of collusion found, when the special counsel specified that Trump had not been exonerated.
“We have plenty of evidence already in the record from multiple indictments that that’s not true,” Nichols said, “and I think that what comes out of the Mueller’s report is going to affirm that. But then there’s the president himself who can’t just take a win as a win, and he has to go to this rally and he acts like a man who is terrified.”
“I’m not a businessman, he seems to have a talent for marketing, but I would love to play poker with the president because he’s a walking bundle of tells,” Nichols added. “He goes to this rally and he’s kind of going on about it and making fun each faces and rolling his eyes, and I think, you know, for somebody who is arguing that he’s just been vindicated, he’s acting like a man who hasn’t been vindicated at all, and really seems quite scared.”
How Facebook makes money when people are slaughtered
The National Rifle Association nearly doubled its spending on pro-gun Facebook propaganda for three weeks after the mass shootings last month in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, according to analytics provided to The Intercept.The social advertising surge began just one day after the Aug. 3 El Paso massacre, which left 22 people dead, and on the same day as the Dayton killings, which took 10 lives. At one point in this period, the NRA was spending $29,000 on a day’s worth of Facebook ads, nearly four times as much as before the shootings, according to Pathmatics, a company that monitors online advertising spending. The ad spending was conducted through the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, which, in the four weeks before the shootings, spent on average just over $9,400 a day on Facebook ads.Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 25, the institute spent around $360,000 on Facebook — roughly $16,500 per day — reaching a peak of over $29,000 on Aug. 18, according to Pathmatics, which said that it gathered this data from a panel of hundreds of thousands of Facebook users who opt in to automatically share information about the ads they’re shown. Altogether, the ads bought in this period were viewed tens of millions of times, the analytics firm estimated. “The NRA’s ad spend has spiked significantly, which isn’t surprising for an organization in the midst of a reputation battle and crisis,” Pathmatics CEO Gabe Gottlieb said.
Is a strange Twitter glitch censoring the left?
The Working Families Party, a New York-based progressive political party, has a reputation befitting its name as a left-populist political organization. So when the organization endorsed the center-left Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — who was once a hardcore Republican and has emphasized her capitalist credentials — over the explicitly democratic socialist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sanders (I-Vt.) supporters were understandably disappointed. After all, the party overwhelmingly endorsed Sanders in the previous presidential election. What had changed?
Amnesty International says Hong Kong police using excessive force
Amnesty International on Friday accused Hong Kong police of using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters, in some cases amounting to torture, allegations that were rejected by a commanding officer.
In a report based on interviews with nearly two dozen activists, most of whom were hospitalised after their arrests, the global rights watchdog said that officers routinely went beyond the level of force allowed by local law and international standards.
"In an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong's security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests," said Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International.